Colorblind Fans Complain That Bills, Jets Uniforms Made Thursday Night Football Impossible To Watch
Thursday Night Football would have been hard enough to watch under normal conditions, but with the Bills and Jets donning their Nike "Color Rush" uniforms -- Bills in bright red and Jets in brilliant green -- last night was pretty much like watching a rave at Santa's workshop.
But while it was simply annoying for the majority of the viewing public, for some it was impossible to watch. Colorblind football fans -- especially those of the red-green color deficiency variety -- were left virtually on the dark. It was nearly impossible for them to distinguish the players on the two teams.
For a red-green colorblind dude like me, this #NFL game is a tough watch... "Why is their own team tackling themselves?"
— Scott Wise (@brewhouse) November 13, 2015
— Lawrence Tynes (@lt4kicks) November 13, 2015
Roughly 8 percent of men and 0.5 percent of women reportedly suffer from colorblindness, and an average of 11.8 million people tuned into Thursday Night Football every week in 2014. If, for the sake of the argument, we say that those averages both held true last night and estimate that half the viewers were men and half women, then around 501,500 of those 11.8 million people wouldn’t have been able to distinguish between Buffalo and New York.
It was like Predator visiting Earth and seeing a football game for the first time through thermal vision.
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